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ENRICH-0029 – Hist/Cult: Germany (ENRICH-0029_GRMN)

Germany: A Historical and Cultural Journey

The 21st-century Republic of Germany is arguably Europe’s most economically powerful and politically stable country, critical to the survival of the shaky European Union. From its scenic countrysides and medieval towns to its cosmopolitan cities, Germany is also a popular international travel destination. Journey through this resilient country under the guidance of German language instructor Phoebe Busch. Begin with a review of Germany’s history: How did it emerge stronger after facing the trauma of war at least three times? Using the German concept of Zeitgeist or “spirit of the times,” discuss past and present cultural and intellectual forces, such as Nürnberg artist Albrecht Dürer, author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Georg Friedrich Hegel whose ideas set the stage for Karl Marx, and Hitler’s favorite composer, Richard Wagner, who still draws thousands to his annual festival in Bayreuth. How did they help to shape today’s Germany? Explore the people and their traditions (wine, beer, fast cars and music!), and landscapes from the Elbe to the Alps. In this blitzschnell historical review, Phoebe shares her own experiences in modern-day Germany, travel tips, essential language (bitte = please), and “must-see” artistic and cultural attractions, including castles. And, she will provide a taste of “something German” in each class. Enrich future travels or simply come away with a revealing peek into a complex and colorful country.

Four sessions
Mon., 6:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 2017
Location: Room 287, Sturm Hall, DU campus

Phoebe W. Busch, PhD, studied at the University of Munich, taught German at DU’s University College where she earned a Master Teacher designation, and taught AP and IB European history in the Cherry Creek Schools. A published independent historian, she specializes in the 19th-century empires of Central Europe.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 26Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $175


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Monday11th September 20172nd October 201706:30PM - 08:30PMSturm HallPhoebe Busch